Red-Tailed Hawk drawing

I’ve started a slightly new way (to me) of learning to draw a new bird. I’m doing small versions right next to each other. This makes it easier to iterate and compare each version. It also means I can draw each one quicker because they’re smaller 😉.

Here’s the source image.

These are the two side by side versions, the one on the right is my second try.

Trying to figure out the size and placement of features.

And then getting it better. I think I really improved. There so much feather and hair detail around the eye and beak that’s easy to miss or overlook.

One thing I want to get better at is capturing the essence in fewer lines/strokes.

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